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180192 SE Ontology and Aesthetics of Movies (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

An absence in the first seminar-session will result in your losing your place in class. Should you be unable to attend the first session, make sure to tell me beforehand by sending a message to david.wagner@univie.ac.at

Tuesday 19.03. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.03. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 02.04. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 09.04. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 30.04. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 07.05. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 14.05. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Saturday 18.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 21.05. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 28.05. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 04.06. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 18.06. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 25.06. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar explores the theoretical aspects of a philosophy of film: How is the multiple nature of films to be understood? What is the ontological status of film? – But closely related to these questions we will also explore questions that arise from the theory of art: What do we see when we see the moving images of a film? Beginning with Benjamin this seminar is an introduction to philosophy of film. Philosophical texts by Cavell, Deleuze and Walton (amongst others) will be discussed.

Teaching method: Introductory lectures, group work, short presentations, discussions.

Aim: Ideally, students will further their ability to produce good arguments and to critically read theoretical texts.

Assessment and permitted materials

The texts for the specific assignments will be provided on moodle and the homework has to be handed in two days prior to the next session. Giving a short presentation in class reduces the number of written assignments from seven to six.
A minimum of seven short written texts is the basis for a positive grade in this class. Attendance is expected, two unexplained absences per term are permitted.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Each homework will be graded separately, the sum of written work amounts to 70 percent of the overall grade, 30 percent being the active participation in discussions. If you choose to write a seminar-paper or BA-paper in this class, you will still have to hand in four short assignments prior to writing that longer paper. I also expect you to write your seminar paper during term so that I can actively help you in the process of writing. It is thus expected that you turn in your seminar-paper by the end of June.

By registering for this seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Examination topics

This is a seminar with mandatory attendance. The grade is not based on one or more written exams but on active participation in discussions and written homework.

Reading list

All texts for this seminar will be available via moodle. A list of relevant literature will be given in the first session.

Association in the course directory

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